China Uses AI to Spread Disinformation About Hawaii Fires

The New York Times
Article Source: The New York Times

Article Source: The New York Times

Hawea Casco, 9, walks through the backyard of his grandparents' home, which was destroyed in the Aug. 8 wildfires in Lahaina, HI - Tamir Kalifa for The Washington Post via Getty Images
  • China used AI to generate photographs that appeared to indicate that the wildfires in Maui were not natural and were the result of a secret “weather weapon” being tested by the U.S. 
  • This marks a change in China’s tactics, as its influence campaigns have previously focused on defending its policies, particularly regarding Taiwan. Researchers suggest that China is now making more direct attempts to sow discord in the U.S.
  • The impact of this disinformation campaign is challenging to measure, but it signals that China may be building a network of accounts for future information operations, potentially including the next U.S. presidential election.  Read More

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